Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Poem a day: from Wake Up II

Countries without Borders

The cities of the world
are merging,
borders falling.
cultures crossing.

Through the void
of cyberspace,
the earth is shrinking,
the sense for distance changing.

One race,

Floating through space,
virtually real.
I feel home
in every corner of the world.

through symbols,
we can all understand.

Art is the language,
the word still a virus
from outer space.

Colors, forms, sounds, shapes,
in interspace.

Cities without borders.
Earth without borders.
Us without borders.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Poem a day: from Wake Up


Generation X
Generation Beat
Generation Beast
Generation 2000
Sub Cultures
Human Beings

It's the glory of the age of the consumer

already occurred 
time and time again

Terror in the vacuum

What is this doomsday anyway?
Fear of fear itself?

Resurrection of the heart
ancient wisdom 
compact thought
streaming beyond time and space
Willingness to start a revolution
in our own hearts
Taste the bittersweet
brutal honesty 

The collective knowledge
of the transparency generation
spreading through the nerves of cyberspace

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Aussie Males & Scandinavian Females...

Because my words have been taken out of context and remixed into something that doesnt really reflect how I think, i am going to set things straight in relation to this whole Australian Male chauvinist issue.

What i said to the journalist last summer, was along the following lines while trying to explain why that could have happened in Sweden: 

One has to bear in mind the cultural differences between people from Australia and Scandinavia. Australian men often experience Scandinavian females to be feminists in a negative way while Scandinavian females experience Australian men to be a bit of a male chauvinists. This can often lead to massive misunderstandings - the problem might also be caused by that deep cultural differences can not be detected on the surface but something people gradually discover after a while.

I have lived in both Australia and Sweden and experienced how these misunderstandings develop because of different cultural acceptance of roles and power. I did not mean to insult the entire male population in OZ. Just trying to explain cultural differences early on in the Swedish case. 

But of course as always happens when words are recycled through many paths, people and media  - they tend to loose the context and are no longer a part of a larger picture and dont reflect at all what one said to begin with.

I do think compared to Scandinavian males that Australian males often come across as a bit of a male chauvinist and I think compared to Australian females Scandinavian females often come across as a bit of a female chauvinists. 

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Icelandic Foreign Affairs Minister responds to protests in Egypt

Tuesday 1st of February 2011

Yesterday Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament for the Movement and the Foreign Affairs committee called for support from the Icelandic Government for the people protesting in Egypt and condemnation of the oppression they are facing. 

During a parliamentary Q&A yesterday when asked about his option about the situation in Egypt by, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the Foreign Minister echoed her worries about the situation and call for support for the Egyptian people that are demanding change and calling for democratic reform in Egypt. The Minister said that the Government protested against all violations of human rights. He condemned that the Egyptian public did not enjoy freedom of expression and information as media outlets were banned in the wake of blackout on Al Jazeera, the Internet and mobile networks.

Össur Skarphedinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, is deeply concerned by the situation in Egypt and condemns any use of violence against protesters. The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights has estimated that up to 300 people have been killed since the protests began. 

The Minister said that free elections, without any limitations to freedom of expression, were needed so that the people of Egypt were able to express their will.

The Movement is thankful for response from the Minister and has called for a meeting in the Foreign Affairs committee to address the situation and call for a parliamentary resolution to show solidarity with the demand for democratic reform in Egypt.